I purchased a certified toyota from a dealer. Turns out the vehicle shouldn't have been certified because of an accident. The carfax report didn't indicate an accident so the dealership certified it as a "certified used toyota". Turns out carfax reported the accident 4 months ago and the accident caused an airbag to deploy. It is in toyotas policy that they can't certify these types of vehicles with an airbag deploy. I purchased the vehicle not aware of the accident. I wouldn't have purchased it had I known.
If a crash was severe enough to cause the airbag to deploy,the dealership probably knew about the accident. The dealership likely bears responsibility for selling you a car that should not have been certified, as well as Toyota, for having lax certification procedures. You should contact a lemon law attorney in your state to review your claims. Good luck.
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Much will depend upon the exact details and sales paperwork but yes, you likely do have claims against the dealer though the extent and amount of your damages may be an issue. You don't say how long ago you bought the vehicle but if it is relatively recent, you might be able to simply rescind the entire deal, most likely with an attorney's help. Review it all with a local consumer lawyer if you want to really determine what your exact rights are. Good luck.
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